Schieffer sang it too: McLatchy, the last of America’s news orgs, has done a long analysis of Lara Logan’s horrific Benghazi report.
For Kevin Drum’s summary, just click here. For McLatchy’s report, click this.
We were very much struck by Drum’s summary of the McLatchy report.
“McClatchy's Nancy Youssef takes a deep dive through Logan's story and finds problems with nearly everything she reported,” Drum writes. “In particular, Logan's repeated insistence that the attack was a well-planned Al-Qaeda assault is questionable at best.”
Drum presented excerpts from Youssef’s report. We flashed back to last year:
YOUSSEF (11/14/13): The report repeatedly referred to al Qaida as solely responsible for the attack on the compound and made no mention of Ansar al Shariah, the Islamic extremist group that controls and provides much of the security in restive Benghazi and that has long been suspected in the attack....It is an important distinction, experts on those groups said. Additionally, al Qaida’s role, if any, in the attack has not been determined, and Logan’s narration offered no source for her repeated assertion that it had been.It's all there! Did al Qaeda stage the attack? Had the attack been preplanned for months? (Was it designed to coincide with 9/11?) Was it crazy to think that it might have been triggered by that anti-Muslim video, which had set off protests all over the Muslim world?
....Logan claimed that “it’s now well established that the Americans were attacked by al Qaida in a well-planned assault.” But al Qaida has never claimed responsibility for the attack, and the FBI, which is leading the U.S. investigation, has never named al Qaida as the sole perpetrator. Rather, it is believed a number of groups were part of the assault, including members and supporters of al Qaida and Ansar al Shariah, as well as attackers angered by a video made by an American that insulted Prophet Muhammad....Moreover, questions remain over how far in advance the attack on the U.S. compound had been planned. Rather than a long-planned attack, investigators have told McClatchy it was likely planned hours, rather than days, in advance.
Logan aired the latest horrific report. But all these questions were instantly bungled by CBS New and the rest of the “press corps” in the aftermath of the attack last year.
This includes our “liberal” news orgs, who proved to be utterly worthless.
Logan didn’t start this. The poisonous flap surrounding Susan Rice turned on the matters highlighted in Drum’s excerpt, matters which are only now being clarified. And please note:
CBS News was completely unable to handle these basic questions last year. The reason for that is simple:
Our culture is an intellectual wreck. This includes all major sectors, including our utterly silent professors. But we’ve reached the point where our major “journalists” have absolutely no intellectual skills.
They can’t paraphrase what someone said. They can’t identify relevant facts. Basically, they don’t know how to read.
These facts became abundantly clear in the months of attacks on Rice.
Last year, we presented months of posts about the Susan Rice flap. From Day One, the “press corps” was completely unable to paraphrase or report what she actually said on the September 16 Sunday programs, performances for which she was crucified.
From Day One, “journalists” offered bungled accounts of what Rice had said on those programs. With lightning speed, those bungled accounts hardened, then turned to stone.
At CBS, Bob Schieffer was especially helpless. But he had plenty of company all across the press.
As Rice’s remarks were misreported, the flashpoints involved the degree of preplanning, the role of al Qaeda and the possible role of that video. Fifteen months later, it falls to McLatchy to straighten these basic points out.
Fifteen months later!
Basically, American “journalists” possess no intellectual skills. Whatever skills they may have had are gone. They can now do only one thing:
They can memorize scripts.
Last year, in the wake of Benghazi, the script they memorized came from the RNC. This was similar to what happened in 1999 and 2000, when the mainstream press corps memorized a bunch of scripts calling Candidate Gore a liar.
For two solid years during that campaign, the liberal world failed to challenge those bogus scripts. They engaged in the same conduct last year when Rice was being attacked.
Alas! Your heroes in the liberal world have no basic skills either! As in 1999, so too last year—they seemed to have no idea how to attack a bogus script.
When Gore was attacked for two years, no one knew how to respond. Last year, MSNBC ran and hid as Rice’s statements were thoroughly jumbled.
Everyone ran except Chris Hayes. In October, he went on the air and recited the RNC scripts!
Is Rachel Maddow a former Rhodes Scholar? She ran and hid while Rice was attacked. For two months, the darling child didn’t say a word in Rice's defense. But then, Maddow is largely a fraud. She’s one of the biggest fakes in the history of TV stardom.
At long last, McLatchy is reviewing the crap we discussed for months last year. All those posts sit in our archives, where they did no good.
All last autumn, the “mainstream press” recited a pile of bogus scripts. Memorization of such script is their last remaining skill.
They kept it up for months. Because they also have no skills, the children who pose as liberal stars didn’t know how to respond.
A worm has eaten American brains. If you haven’t noticed that problem yet, your brains have fed the worms too.
Please note: Paraphrase is one of the most basic journalistic skills. You really can't do a news report unless you know how to do it.
Paraphrase is an extremely basic skill. But our “journalists” don't know how to do it, and we've seen no one take notice.